With a million dollars up for grabs, Spain’s Javier Gomez has revealed that he wants to race all three races in the Challenge Triple Crown this year, in addition to defending his WTS title – but not the 70.3 Worlds.
With such a busy calendar already decided – including the Olympic test event in Rio this August – it looks like 70.3 racers can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. Gomez tells us plans to skip the 70.3 Worlds in Austria this August, as he would need to race one more beforehand in order to qualify and validate his spot.
But that doesn’t mean that middle and long distance racing is off his radar: “I just go step-by-step right now and focus more on Olympic distance, enjoying some middle distance races every now and then, and when I eventually decide to try Ironman I will do my best and see how it goes.”
Despite many of the sport’s biggest names saying publicly that Gomez could be the next star of Ironman, he tells us that he’s taking nothing for granted. “I really appreciate the words of people who know a lot about the sport, like Greg [Welch] or Chris McCormack or some others, but I haven’t done anything in Ironman yet, you know. So we need to race first and see how it goes.”
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